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Confirmed covid-19 cases pass 2million worldwide

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Number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached 2,000,000 worldwide!

Summary

  • Confirmed cases of the virus pass two million, according to Johns Hopkins university
  • The true number of cases will be much higher, with levels of testing varying
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock says families will be allowed to say goodbye to dying relatives in UK
  • President Trump says US will stop funding the World Health Organization, accusing it of mismanagement
  • His announcement is widely condemned, with Bill Gates calling it “as dangerous as it sounds”
  • Germany announces plans to ease restrictions, with some schools to reopen in May

Passing the two million figure is a psychological milestone for the world.

In the league table of countries compiled by John Hopkins University, the US remains the country with the highest number of confirmed cases – now more than 600,000.

But these figures do not give the full picture – partly because some people will have Covid-19 and not know it and partly because testing is so variable.

Countries with very little testing per capita – such as India – are likely to be submitting data that dramatically underplays the scale of the outbreak.

The good news is that the number of new hospitalisations seems to be slackening off in some of the worst affected places – such as New York and London. Even in badly affected Iran, the WHO thinks the number of cases is now stabilising.

This is the first phase of what the epidemiologists call “flattening the curve.”

  • China has closed one of its temporary hospitals for Covid-19 patients. The hospital was built in just 10 days
  • Malawi has announced a 21-day lockdown from 18 April. There have been 16 confirmed cases and two deaths
  • The UN has warned that 74 million people in the Arab region are at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19 as they lack access to a basic hand-washing facility
  • Colombia is expected to release 7,000 inmates to limit the risk of the spread of coronavirus in prisons
  • The Tour de France will go ahead, officials have confirmed. However it will start in August
  • France has revealed its death toll has now risen to 17,167.

10,643 of those died in hospitals, a rise of more than 500 over the past 24 hours.

However, the number of hospitalisations is down for the first time. The number of serious cases in intensive care has fallen for the seventh consecutive day.

6,524 people have died in care homes, a rise from the 5,600 reported as of Tuesday. However, public health authority head Jerome Salomon said this was due to a delay in reporting over the Easter weekend.

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